Clande Sotol (Yellow) is produced by Bienvenido Fernandez who has more than 40 years of experience producing sotol. This sotol has notes of banana, wood, cotija cheese, honey, and nuts.
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About this sotol
Clande Sotol (Yellow) is produced by Bienvenido Fernandez, who has more than 40 years of experience producing sotol. He learned from his grandfather and father, who produced sotol in clandestine mobile vinatas (local name for distillery) that were immersed in the heart of the Northern Chihuahuan Sierra. He cooks the plants underground on a pit oven with stones and oak wood. After cooking for three days he will grind the cooked sotol with a mechanical grinder then he will let it ferment with natural airborne yeast in stainless steel tanks. While fermenting Bienvenido will add well water to the fermentation tanks. He then distills in a stainless steel pot still two times. Next, he will use well water to get the desired ABV. His batches range normally range from 120 to 160 liters. This sotol has notes of banana, wood, cotija cheese, honey, and nuts.
Clande Sotol is a brand that celebrates the art and tradition of craft spirits in Chihuahua. Clandestine distilleries used to be found in Northern Mexico and were known as “vinatas.” These facilities were used to produced both Sotol (from Dasylirion) and Lechuguilla (from Agave). Vinatas were prohibited in the early 1900s and Maestro Sotoleros were persecuted and sometimes incarcerated. Sotol Clande represents sotol from different regions and delivers the impact of terroir on this beautiful spirit. The project seeks to support small local producers and improve their standard of living, as well as protect the future of the Dasylirion plant. The ABV will vary by batch. Check your bottle for details.
The labels on their bottles are color coded. The YELLOW label is sotol made by Bienvenido Fernandez. The RED label is sotol made by Don Eduardo Arrieta. The PURPLE label is sotol made by Lupe Lopez. The GREEN label could be made by either Bienvenido Fernandez or Lupe Lopez, and it is an Ensamble that combines sotol and agave, which are cooked, milled, and distilled together. The BLUE label could be made by Bienvenido Fernandez, Lupe Lopez, or Tavi Torres, and it is made with 100% agave.